You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Anybody who has studied the culinary arts realizes that the essence of great cooking lies in its seasoning, and seasoning begins with the basics of salt and pepper. Jesus, while he is not lecturing on the art of food preparation, is certainly aware of this fact, and uses this as a comparison.
As followers of Christ, we are the salt of the earth in the sense that we bring the essence of good living; Christ Himself. This is what the world needs to venture from darkness into light: Christ.
When we say “Christ” here, I mean to say that we need His love, His Truth, His essence in order to live in fullness and Truth. Without Him, there is only darkness, striving and emptiness.
If we lose the essence of Jesus in our lives, what are we good for? If we lose the essence of Jesus in our lives, we are little more than sanctimonious jerks.
Grab on to Jesus, fill your life with His love and His light: Never let go!